The demand for technology jobs is outpacing the supply of available talent. There is projected to be 1 million more IT jobs than computer science students in the US by 2020. Atlanta is among the top ten US cities with the greatest supply-demand gap in IT jobs.
The Atlanta TechHire Initiative will develop an ecosystem that equips City of Atlanta residents with the skills to meet the technology needs of employers in metro-Atlanta and strengthen the region’s economy by:
Engaging employers throughout the City of Atlanta in developing an IT workforce ecosystem that aligns the efforts of training providers, educators, workforce agencies, community-based organizations and government entities with the needs of the business community.
Developing solutions that rapidly train Atlantans and create career pathways to well-paying tech jobs.
Mobilizing Atlantans underrepresented in Atlanta’s IT workforce to increase interest in IT career pathways therefore creating a diverse IT workforce.
The City of Atlanta will engage employers throughout metro Atlanta and develop training solutions that prepare Atlantans for career opportunities in technology that meet the needs of those employers. The Atlanta TechHire Initiative has engaged Turner Broadcasting, The Weather Company (an IBM Business), Pindrop, SOLTECH, Luma, Springbot, WhatCounts, the City of Atlanta’s Department of Information Management and other companies to train at least 100 individuals in software development and other high-growth IT occupations throughout 2016, and over 400 individuals by 2020. Individuals trained through the Atlanta TechHire Initiative will be guaranteed interviews with our employer partners.
The City of Atlanta’s Department of Information Management has committed to filling 20 percent of its job openings in FY2016 with graduates from the Atlanta TechHire Initiative. WorkSource Atlanta, the City of Atlanta’s workforce development agency, will develop a clearinghouse of employer needs, training programs, and job seekers to connect qualified candidates to open tech jobs.
For more information about TechHire Atlanta, contact Jacque Joyce.
U.S. CTO Talks Tech
“It’s exciting to see the progress that Atlanta is making with the extraordinary committee already in place,” said Megan Smith, United States Chief Technology Officer. “Atlanta has all of the pieces and it’s great to see people beginning to put it all together to accelerate the TechHire initiative here in Atlanta.”
Below is a snapshot of the Atlanta labor market demand for IT talent. These are the most demanded skills and occupations from December 6, 2015 to February 2, 2016.
Sources: Burning Glass Technologies and Emsi (projection data)
Open IT Occupations
Concentrated Demand for IT
Software and Programming Skills
Top 5 Occupations
Software Developer / Engineer
Network Engineer / Architect
Computer Support Specialist
Fastest Growing Occupations (2015-2020)
Information Security Analysts
Software Developers, Applications
Computer and Information Research Scientists
Computer Systems Analysts
The concentrated demand for IT is a calculation of the local number of open IT job postings divided by local employment.
The following organizations are engaged and committing to making the Atlanta TechHire effort a success: